On Monday, May 24th, at noon ET, I hope you will tune into NDN/NPI for a special event looking at a vital new initiative - a newly announced joint US-Mexican vision for a "21st Century Border."
Joining us for this discussion will be the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, and the Department of Homeland Security's Commissioner of Customs and Border Projection, Alan Bersin.
This week, during the very successful State Visit of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, the United States and Mexican signed a new Declaration concerning Twenty-First Century Border Management. This declaration lays out a comprehensive new approach to the joint management of the US-Mexican border, and expresses a strong commitment to:
Enhancing economic competitiveness by expediting lawful trade, while preventing the transit of illegal merchandise between their two countries,
Facilitating lawful travel in a manner that also prevents the illegal movement of people between their two countries,
Sharing information that enhances secure flows of goods and people, and
Disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal organizations and punishing their members and supporters.
This declaration was one of the most important achievements of the visit by President Calderon this week. We are pleased to be hosting this event which will take a much deeper look at what this all means for our two countries in the years ahead.
The speaking program will begin at 12:15pm ET on Monday, May 24th. You can watch on the NDN website by going to www.ndn.org/livecast.